destination moscow. a jet carrying ten russian agents leave new york. part of the largest spy swap since the cold war. oakland outrage. violence in the streets after a controversial verdict in a deadly police shooting. and the decision. >> the answer to the question everybody wants to know. lebron, what's your decision? >> this fall, man, this is very tough -- this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, july 9, 2010. good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen.
for nba superstar lebron james, for him it is see ya, cleveland, and hello, miami. maybe the most coveted free agent in u.s. sports history. james said he didn't make up his mind until just before last night's announcement. >> i'm going to take my town to south beach and join the miami heat. >> reporter: the announcement set off wild celebrations in miami and anger in cleveland, where former fans burned james' number 23 cavaliers jersey. >> that's the absolute worst decision ever. queen james, not king james. >> i'm looking forward to it. >> reporter: james insists he never wanted to leave the cavaliers but decided it was time to move on. by signing with miami, he left more than $30 million on the table in cleveland and he joins his former olympic teammates dwyane wade and chris bosh, forming a super trio james says gives him the best chance to win a championship. >> it's going to give me the best opportunity to win and to win for multiple years. and not only just to win in the regular season or just to win
five games in a row or three games in a row. i want to be able to win championships. and i feel like i can compete down there. >> reporter: the cavaliers' owner dan gilbert is outraged. he said he never even got a call from james before the decision was announced on tv. gilbert posted a scathing letter online saying he feels personally betrayed, claiming james quit during the playoffs and guaranteeing that his team will, quote, win an nba championship before the self-titled former king wins one. that remains to be seen. but in the end, james says, his decision was easy because he had his mother's blessing. >> you have to do what's best for you and what's going to make you happy at the end of the day because no one can live with the consequences or anything that comes with your decision besides you. >> well, more on lebron james and what he'll mean for his new team a little later in sports. now to the biggest spy swap since the cold war. this morning ten confessed russian agents are headed to
moscow to be exchanged for four russians convicted of spying for the u.s. tara mergener is in washington with the latest on this. good morning, tara. >> reporter: good morning, betty. now that their covers are blown, life as these spies knew it is over and outside the u.s. the ten russian agents left for moscow last night, just hours after pleading guilty in manhattan federal court. one by one, each admitted to conspireing to act as an unregistered agent of the russian government. in return, they were sentenced to time already served and ordered out of the country. the lawyer for one of the spies, anna chapman, says his client is relieved the ordeal is over. >> she's happy to be out of jail, i can tell you that. and she's happy to go back to her family. >> reporter: in exchange for the group, the russian government will release four people convicted of acting as spies for the u.s. the white house says president obama approved the historic spy swap, which is being called the biggest since the cold war.
in an exclusive interview for cbs's "face the nation" u.s. attorney general eric holder told bob schieffer, it's a good deal for both sides. >> essentially orchestrated a swap so we had access or got back four people who had been charged in russia with conducting intelligence activities on behalf of western countries. >> reporter: the swp swap comes at a critical time as u.s. and russia try to repair ties. >> both countries have major geopolitical concerns at play and they want to put this case behind them. this deal allows them to put this case to bed in a very tidy way. >> reporter: the obama administration hopes this latest incident sends a strong message to other countries, thinking of sending in their own spies. and under this plea agreement, any money made from tv, movie or book deals goes directly to the u.s. betty, back to you. >> some of these spies headed back to russia have children, so what's going to happen to them? >> reporter: well, betty, there are eight children involved. six of them are minors.
u.s. officials say these kids are free to leave any time if it goes along with their parents' wishes and if it goes along with u.s. law. we're not sure at this point when exactly they're going to leave, but we also have word that at least one teenager may stay behind. >> tara mergener joining us live in washington. thank you. it was a night of unrest in oakland, california, following a controversial verdict in the trial of a former police officer. at least 50 people were arrested overnight as stores were looted and fires set. the violence rose out of the death of oscar grant, an unarmed black man shot and killed on a train platform by a white transit officer last year. yesterday the former officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, the lowest charge he faced. grant's mother is angry. >> my son was murdered and there -- and the law has not held the officer accountable the way that he should have been held accountable. >> the former officer testified he meant to use his taser on
grant but pulled his gun by mistake. some of the worst flooding in years has hit the rio grande valley in south texas and bordering areas of new mexico. rain from hurricane alex has pushed the rio grande over its banks. forecasters say up to 10 more inches could fall today as a tropical depression moves in. laredo, texas, the normally shallow river is now more than 40 feet deep. now to the gulf oil spill. a federal appeals court has rejected a white house request to reinstate a deep water drilling moratorium. and bp is rushing to connect a third containment vessel to the gushing well. terrell brown has more. >> reporter: clear skies and calmer seas are allowing a blip, a whale and a fleet of smaller boats to join in the fight against the oil. >> we hope to have much a much more productive day today.
>> reporter: storms docked skimmers for days and now they have redeployed along with the "a whale." allowing the massive ship to do another week of testing. this navy blip is headed up to spot the damage. good weather also means bp can hook up a new containment ship to the gushing well. the government is also pushing the company to get a better cap over the well before the next storm. as oil stains the beaches, the spill is clobbering the real estate market. >> right now we're looking at some very dismal numbers. >> reporter: this seven-bedroom rental property in orange beach usually goes for $8,000 a week. the oil spill has knocked it down to about $4 thoi. but even at half price, there aren't many takers. emily gonzalez says with a 40% drop in business this month alone, her company didn't hire dozens of housekeepers and security guards. >> normally in the month of july, this would be packed. >> reporter: gonzalez says her initial anger over the spill has worn off. >> my mindset is, fix it. what can we do to overcome it?
what can we do to get past it? what can we do to make the best of this situation? >> reporter: that means great deals with beach views as long as oil keeps coming ashore. terrell brown, cbs news, orange beach. with the northeast just emerging from a triple digit heat wave and the northwest getting hit today, a new study says get used to. a stanford university study of global warming says over the next 30 years heat waves will be more frequent and even hotter. just ahead on the morning news, new hope for a aids vaccine. plus, it's harder than ever to find a good parking place. just ask the owners of these cars. first, katie couric has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." every child deserves a chance to turn the pages of a book. now one man is bringing the joy of reading to the developing world, filling shelves and minds with the american spirit. that's tonight only on the "cbs evening news." so i switched to the freestyle promise® program...
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all the owners of these cars wanted a good place to park, but it didn't work out that way. this parking garage in windsor, canada, suddenly collapsed yesterday, crushing cars inside and leaving some of those on top dangling over the rubble. one worker was injured. there is new hope this morning for an aids vaccine. the latest issue of the "journal science" says researchers have discovered antibodies that can block more than 90% of aids-causing viruses. until this, the best they had seen was 30% to 40%. researchers hope to use the antibodies to design a vaccine, but caution years of research and development will be needed. on the "cbs moneywatch," markets in asia are up across the board this morning. ashley morrison is in new york with the latest on that. good morning. a big day for asian markets. japan's nikkei gained 0.5% and hong kong's hang seng was up 1.5%.
wall street is trying to keep the rally going, reassuring news on the jobs front pushed stocks higher wednesday for the third day in a row. the dow gained 120 points while the nasdaq added nearly 16. sales of johnson & johnson pain relievers are collapsing after a string of recalls. the company announced an eighth recall thursday, this time for 21 products, including children's tylenol, that have a musty or moldy smell. one research firm says sales were down more than 50% from may to june compared to the year before. that equals tens of millions of dollars. the wealthy are not immune to the foreclosure crisis. in fact, they're more likely to default on their mortgage payments. "the new york times" says one in seven homeowners with loans in excess of $1 million is seriously delinquent, compared to 1 in 12 below the $1 million mark. new rules punishing airlines for stranding passengers appears to pay off. five planes got stuck on the
tarmac for more than three hours in may, that compares to 34 during the same period a year ago. chrysler is trying to spark sales with new incentives for buyers. the automaker will chip in two months of payments for a new car. and it's giving customers 60 days to return a purchase if they're not satisfied. ed the rest of the auto industry has been trying to cut back on incentives, which eat into profits. and how do you feel about buying wine from a vending machine? well, in pennsylvania, they're experimenting with machines that dispense bottles of cabernet, chardonnay and merlot. you just swipe your driver's license, look into a camera, broe into a breathalyzer and pay. a lot of folks got used to wine in a box, betty. i don't see why not. i remember back in college when we had the wine in the box in the refrigerator and we thought that was kind of sophisticated compared to a can of beer. >> okay, but here's the deal, they swipe their i.d. and they look into a camera. unless that camera can read facial features or someone is looking at it to compare to the
i.d., how do you know it's truly the same person? >> i don't know. >> i'm sure plenty of people are trying to get their hands on some of that, right? let me borrow your i.d., buddy. ashley, thanks for that, joining us live here in new york. lindsay lohan's criminal defense attorney has resigned. the decision came two days after lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation for a dui conviction. attorney shawn chapman holley says both she and lohan view the sentence as harsh and unfair, but she says lohan will report to jail later this month. mel gibson may be in trouble again. he is being investigated by the los angeles county sheriff's office over a possible domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend earlier this year. gibson and his girlfriend are also involved in a custody dispute over their infant daughter. straight ahead, your friday morning weather. in sports, king james makes it one, two, three. miami heat fans celebrate their new dream team. ami heat fans celebrate their [ jet engine roaring ]
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some areas could see triple digits. the southern plains sees more rain. hot and humid in the southeast. while the northeast cools down. in sports, as we've reported, lebron james is headed to the miami heat, joining dwyane wade and chris bosh in a quest to win nba championships. >> those are two of the greatest players we have in the game today. and you add me, we're going to be a really good team. >> james wants the heat to challenge the l.a. lakers, winners of the last two nba titles. we'll see if that happens. in baseball, though, some winning streaks kept right on streaking. tampa bay's carl crawford hit a pair of two-run homers against cleveland and the rays beat the indians 5-2. tampa bay has won six straight. and so have the yankees. alex rodriguez singled to right in the ninth inning, driving in two runs against mariners. new york won 3-1. in the national league,
brian schneider hit a game-ending homer in the 12th inning to give the phillies a 4-3 victory over cincinnati but the reds still lead the n.l. central by three games. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and show you thousand cop onto the latest game craze for your smartphone. ,,,,,,,,
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. temperatures are returning to normal in the overcooked northeast, but in the northwest, temperatures are heating up to near record levels. the southern plains can expect more rain from the remnants of the season's second tropical depression. here's another look at this morning's top stories. a plane carrying ten confessed russian agents is on its way to moscow from new york. they're being exchanged for four russians convicted of spying for the u.s. the suspense is over. basketball free agent lebron
james is headed to miami. james says playing with fellow stars dwyane wade and chris bosh gives him the best chance to win a championship. now to a very different kind of game, one that lets nonathletes have a little fun while wasting a lot of time. it's an app just sweeping the smartphone world. jeff glor follows the bouncing doodle. >> you'll be seen after the man who claims to be having a heart attack but appears to be well enough to play doodle jump on his iphone. >> reporter: from prime time sitcom to late night tv. >> it's pretty addictive. >> reporter: to a fashion accessory for pop stars. doodle jump is everywhere. so, what is it? >> it's just a very loveable little character. >> reporter: it's the brainchild of igor and marko pusenjak, immigrants from croatia, who last april had an idea, inspired by their own, well, doodling. their four-legged cartoon creation is always jumping up,
guided by your hand, avoiding the bad monsters and ufos and reaching for the good, like trampolines. 15 months after it launched, it's a cultural craze. how much money has doodle jump made you? >> a lot. >> reporter: the 99 cent game just passed the 5 million download mark on apple's iphone. since the brothers get 70%, that is $3.5 million. you lose if doodle falls. which is hardly what the pusenjak brothers have done. their rise, a success story spurred entirely by smartphone applications. >> we have had marriage proposals for doodle. i don't think doodle has responded yet because he's looking for his princess somewhere up there. >> reporter: doodle, heading straight up and taking its founders along for the ride. jeff glor, cbs news, new york. >> that's kind of cool. might want to get that app. this morning on "the early show," my exclusive interview with musician and new orleans
resident lenny kravitz as we tour areas devastated by the disaster in the gulf. see what he's doing to help those effected by the oil spill. i'm betty nguyen. s doing affected by the oil spill. i vacation here. my family spends a lot of time here. and so i have a personal, vested interest in ensuring that we get this job done right. i'm keith seilhan. i'm in charge of bp's clean up on the gulf coast. bp's taken full responsibility for clean up in the gulf, and that includes keeping you informed. our crews are cleaning the gulf beaches 24/7. when oil is spotted, shore clean up assessment teams mobilize and we get right to work. over 25,000 people are included in the clean up operation. clean up efforts are coordinated from 17 staging areas across 4 states. we're working with the coast guard and many other government agencies. every day we're working with residents and local business owners to make sure these beaches are clean and that they can stay open.
and our efforts won't come at any cost to taxpayers. it's gonna take time, and we may not be perfect every time, but we're going to be here as long as it takes to make this right.
good morning, we al have the top stories in a moment, first, we'll have the top stories. >> it's friday, that's the top story. it's going to be a relatively clear day and we're getting a noticeable break from the heat. just 90 at lunch and on its way to 92 and 93 degrees today. marty, thank you. in the news, documents unsealed. new details released about yeardley love's murder. and a move to the heat and
now, set on fire. lebron james' jerseys are burning in cleveland. and larry king and his wife, shawn make a surprise announcement regarding their divorce. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
it's friday! sure is! look at the moon outside. >> that's a beautiful moon.